Membership – time to renew!

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Everyone – it’s that time of year. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible to avoid the surcharge for letting it lapse. Membership dues are $45 for current members, $25 for dual members, and $65 for brand new members. There are so many benefits to being a member, and we want to strengthen those in the coming year. We are committed to thriving! But we need your help, and your enthusiasm. I am so pleased with the interest and the efforts we have seen in just the last few months.

Please visit this page for details: treasurer.berkeley.cwc

Checks should be payable to CWC-BB, Mail to: CWC Berkeley P.O. Box 11269 Oakland, Ca, 94611

Notice – Board of Directors Meeting

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know that we are having a Board of Directors meeting this Friday, July 10th, at 10:30 am in Berkeley If you wish to attend, we’d love to have you. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the inner workings of the club, and have a chance to lend your voice to any current topics.

We’ll need to know of your attendance by Wednesday at 5pm so as to plan for the appropriate number. You may email me at berkeley.cwc

I also want to remind you of the upcoming annual statewide picnic on Saturday, July 25th in Oakland! This is an incredible opportunity to have some fun in the sun, and to meet with members of the other 19 branches of our awesome club. You can get all of the details here;

And finally, some exciting news – welcome to the 20th branch of the California Writers Club! The Coastal Dunes Branch is centered in the south part of San Luis Obispo county and the northern part of Santa Barbara county. We continue to grow! I’ll look forward to visiting this new branch when in the area. Please consider doing the same with any of our branches.

Congratulations 5th Grade Writers!

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Congratulations to our young writers!


From left to right: Ricca I, Maggie G, Sophie K, Lola C, Elisabeth B,  Estella Z (front), Deigo O (back), Isabella S (front) Malcolm K, Frances P. Back row grownups: CWC President Kymberlie Ingalls and CWC 5th Grade Story Contest Chair Joanna Phoenix.

FIRST PLACE: “The Wind in the Crops” by Sophie K – read it here!
Teacher: Jeff Grether; School: The Berkeley School, Berkeley

SECOND PLACE: “Mr. Turtle” by Maggie G.
Teacher: Nicole Mills; School: St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Oakland

THIRD PLACE: “Half Open” by Isabella S.
Teacher: Michele Pollack; School: Donlon Elementary School, Pleasanton

FOURTH PLACE: “Trapped” by Diego O.
Teacher: Heather MacLeod; School: Home School, Oakland

“A Story in the Stars” by Elisabeth B.
Teacher: Ben Ladue; School: Head Royce School, Oakland

“Song of the Forest” by Estella Z
Teacher: Jonah Klein; School: Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito

“The Girl with the Spirit of a Horse” by Frances P.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“Two Days of Change” by Lola C.
Teacher: Jessica Johnson; School: Escuela Bilingue Internacional, Emeryville

“The Emerald Bird” by Malcolm K.
Teacher: Will Green; School: Bentley School, Oakland

“The Spirit of Saeko” by Ricca I
Teacher: Emily Ruffridge; School: Tara Hills, San Pablo

SAVE THE DATE! July 25th is the CWC Annual Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park! 1-4p.m.

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 Picnic Particulars
Map and Directions

Lit Cake Contest
(How to Win the Coveted Golden Fork Award!)

Jack London Award Winners

Click here for information about location. Time is 1pm to 4pm.

June 21st—PANEL: “Presenting…You!” Public Speaking Panel Discussion

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Join us Sunday, June 21st for a panel discussion about public speaking! Our panelists are:

  • Award winning author Judith Marshall, member of the CWC Mt Diablo Branch. Judith knows her stuff! When she talks about her novel, Husbands May Come and Go, But Friends Are Forever, it is clear that she has a passion for writing and the industry that goes with it. Image is everything, and Ms. Marshall commands a room when she walks in. She will offer tips on being prepared, speaking with confidence, and perfecting the verbal pitch.
  • Kymberlie Ingalls, President of the CWC Berkeley Branch, who knows what it’s like to be terrified of public speaking. Having to overcome obstacles every day that make this task a challenge, she can relate these experiences and will encourage you to build yourself up and hold yourself steady. This is an important skill when participating in readings, industry speeches, and networking a room. And finally,
  • Roger Ingalls, who comes to us from another industry as a high-tech professional with 30 years of experience in marketing and sales. He knows the power of a presentation and how to get the job done. Ingalls will offer insight to what can make or break a deal.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for information about location and time.

See You Sunday! Alon Shalev, Serial Fiction, and Club Elections!

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We hope all members can join us on Sunday for a very special meeting, featuring our own Alon Shalev as an expert on serial fiction for youth.

We will also be electing officers for next year. Please be sure to come and vote for our club leadership! Your voice is welcome, and important.

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5th Grade Story Winners Announced!

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Please join us at the Awards Ceremony on June 7th, 2015, to hear some of these stories read out loud by the authors!

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